Originally Posted by Rempert
It's not really a joke though. I mean, that's exactly what happened. They tried an MTV production and it blew up in their faces, and it's been old fogies ever since. This is a serious problem in the music scene right now. The days of the rock and roll superstars appear to be over, and the contemporary R&B stars don't seem to have any live performance credibility. The rappers and metal artists can't be trusted to write a song without a swear word every 4 bars. It's almost like there is no choice in the matter but to get a rock star from 20-50 years ago and hope he can still put on a good show.
It's only a problem because baby boomers (speaking as a generalization/stereotype, I know it's not all of them) seem to be stuck in their teens and still listen to the same stuff they did in 1970. There are plenty of great rock bands out there that my dad has never heard of (he is, as chance would have it, right about the same age as the remaining members of The Who).
At some point all of their favorite old musicians will be too elderly to put on a "spectacle" style show without embarrassing themselves, and maybe then they will start hiring more modern acts, like bands from the 80s